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Fraudulent Elections, Political Protests, And Regime Transitions, Alla Manukyan Dec 2011

Fraudulent Elections, Political Protests, And Regime Transitions, Alla Manukyan

Political Science Dissertations

This research studies protests after fraudulent elections in a collective action framework, examining the impact of the potential cost, benefit and likelihood of success of protest on the occurrence and intensity of protests. Quantitative analysis of fraudulent elections in about 100 countries from 1990 to 2004 shows that the odds of protest after fraudulent elections are greater when the level of state repression is moderate with a possible backlash effect of high repression, when the opposition is united, and when international monitors denounce election results. The analysis only partially supports the benefit of protest argument. Also, the research uses case ...


The Priming Effects Of Polling Location On Ballot Initiative Voting Decisions, Jeffrey M. Glas Aug 2011

The Priming Effects Of Polling Location On Ballot Initiative Voting Decisions, Jeffrey M. Glas

Political Science Theses

Do the physical settings in which a voter casts their ballot affect their vote choices? Every state uses a variety of polling locations for the administration of election: churches, schools, libraries, fire stations, and etcetera. The literature on priming effects and voting is massive, but very little research examines the impact of the venue in which a ballot is cast has on voters’ decisions. In this study I argue that polling venues situated on church, school, or veteran’s association property influences the proportion of votes cast in favor of ballot measures related to each institution. I test these hypotheses ...


Meaningful Choices? Understanding And Participation In Direct Democracy In The American States, Shauna Frances Lee Reilly Apr 2009

Meaningful Choices? Understanding And Participation In Direct Democracy In The American States, Shauna Frances Lee Reilly

Political Science Dissertations

What role does political knowledge play in campaigning for and participation in direct democracy? A foundational principle of democracy is citizen participation in decision-making. This foundation assumes that citizens are at least somewhat knowledgeable about government and able to make informed choices. This analysis examines the role that meaningful decisions play in direct democracy, because “for voters to make meaningful decisions, they must understand the options on which they are deciding” (Dalton 1988: 13). This analysis uses three different methodologies to investigate this relationship. First, through qualitative analysis and a mail survey of petitioners, this study explores how petitioners view ...


Rights Consciousness, Economic Interests, And The 2003 District-Level People’S Congress Elections In China: Middle Class Motivations And Democratic Implications, Xinsong Wang May 2005

Rights Consciousness, Economic Interests, And The 2003 District-Level People’S Congress Elections In China: Middle Class Motivations And Democratic Implications, Xinsong Wang

Political Science Theses

This thesis examines the motivations of the Chinese middle class members to run for District-level people’s congress (DPC) elections in Shenzhen and Beijing in 2003. It is interested in exploring why the middle class members wanted to run for the DPC positions that do not have real political power in China, and how their behavior can influence political change in China. By systematically analyzing the candidates’ campaign speeches and activities, this study reveals that the major motivating factors behind the middle class candidates’ decision to run for the elections were to protect their property interests and their increasing desire ...